Private Lives Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What reason is given for the first time Elyot struck Amanda during their marriage?

2. After their tiff over affairs, what do Amanda and Elyot do?

3. How does Amanda refer to hormones?

4. What happens to Amanda's apartment during the final fight?

5. What does Elyot tell the person calling Amanda's flat with the wrong number?

Short Essay Questions

1. Is Amanda being honest when she says she would never have been happy with Victor and how is it apparent?

2. After Amanda and Elyot make up during the "triple Sollocks," what happens that brings their happy mood down again and why?

3. Why does Amanda call out "triple Sollocks?"

4. What sets off the very first argument of Act II?

5. What are Amanda and Elyot arguing about when Elyot first calls "Sollocks?"

6. What are Amanda's beliefs?

7. In Act II, what does Elyot say that reveals his philosophy on life?

8. At the beginning of Act II, does it appear that Elyot and Amanda have been getting along? How can the reader tell?

9. Why would Elyot say that he and Amanda would have been perfectly happy with Victor and Sibyl?

10. Why does Elyot say that, despite their current happiness, being separated was probably for the best?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Amanda declares to Victor that, "Chance rules my life." What does she mean by that? What does she do throughout the play that requires taking a chance? Using specific examples and actions from the text, argue whether Amanda really means what she says and, if so, how chance plays a part in the plot and her character development.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the genre of this play. As a comedy of manners, how does it play to the reader's expectations? How are the characters drawn within the confines of this type of play? Is the plot consistent with a comedy of manners?

Essay Topic 3

Could there be any social repercussions from having domestic violence shown in an amusing light? What would happen if Elyot slapping Amanda did not lead to humorous results? How is a woman being slapped funny in this context? If you do not find it funny, then what would realistically happen if Amanda and Elyot were to really fight that way? Is it ever alright to use this for comedy? You may cite examples from other movies, plays, or books to support your answer, but make sure to use it alongside the text of the play.

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